This time, it was supposed to be different.
When a panel of five lawyers and four nonlawyers recently convened to recommend new justices to the state Supreme Court, their deliberations were supposed to be more open than ever before.
The Legislature passed a law in 2016 that deemed the commission a public body and subject to the state’s open meetings law, meaning that no binding vote could be taken in secret.
Previously, the commissions' deliberations about the candidates and its votes were not open to the public.
Nearly three weeks after the panel recommended three candidates to the governor . . .